OCEAN EDUCATION RESOURCES
The Smithsonian Institution's
Sant Ocean Hall!
NOAA Ocean Explorer
Expeditions and a lesson bank
NOAA Education - all things ocean
NOAA Okeanos Explorer
Education Materials Collection Hands-On Activities for Grades 5-12
Topics: Why Do We Explore?
Also Sign up for Ocean Gazing Podcasts
The National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library is a comprehensive database containing a collection of high-quality still images and video footage featuring all 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The database is fully searchable by keyword, category and location, and all the images are tagged with relevant information including resolution and usage rights.
Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association (MAMEA)
Join Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic educators at the annual conference at the National Aquarium in Baltimore! Click title for information about MAMEA and the conference.
Ocean Literacy Standards
National Standards for Ocean Education
Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE)
- COSEE Video and Audio Podcasts.
Subjects include using the internet for real-time coastal monitoring explorations in the classroom and applying environmental models to teach K-12 science. Tracking Bay Oyster Larvae; Predict Oil Spill drift, others
NOAA/National Geographic Oceans Live- lessons with free video clips
NASA Ocean Motion
Five modules with multiple lessons: Navigation, Traveling on a Rotating Sphere, Data and Information, Global Ocean Warming, Energy Balance
NOAA Learning Objects
The NOAA Ocean Exploration Program has released graphic-based oceanography Learning Objects. Each Learning Object includes a video demonstration and interactive activities/puzzles. The included lessons cover diverse topics ranging from plate tectonics to ocean currents to deep sea benthos.
Ocean Sustainability Game - The Cloud Institute for Sustainability
Can you catch enough fish to support your family, with all your neighbors trying to do the same?
Dolphin Quest - Seven Essential Principles for Ocean Literacy: An Activity Guide for Educators 28 activity-based lessons, one for each grade group for each of the seven OLPs.
This activity guide is the first in a three volume series that will help teachers and informal educators for grades K-12th embrace the Ocean Literacy Principles (OLP) and put them into practice.
Joint Oceanographic Institution
School of Rock voyage; lessons for Earth Science and Ocean Science teachers
American Museum of Natural History - Milstein Hall of Science
Properties of Water
Lessons for grades 3-12
AMNH Ology- The Living Oceans
For middle and upper elementary students
AMNH Ocean Resources - readings, web pages, ocean sounds, virtual trips
Storm Center Communications
Satellite Imagery; based in Maryland. StormCenter Communications provides a unique blend of media, environmental science and meteorological expertise packaged specifically to meet the expanding role of weather and environmental reporting along with emergency management communications.
Office of Naval Research
Use the Focus site for lesson planning, fact-checking, explaining difficult concepts, or linking to other resources. Links to educational resources such as lesson plans, animations and activities.
Dive and Discover
With Dive and Discover, your students are at the frontline of scientific inquiry as they join scientists—geologists, chemists and biologists—who are exploring the seafloor and making amazing new deep-sea discoveries.
Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory
C.o.o.l. is a series of Internet-based instructional modules that link middle and high school classrooms with active research investigations at the Rutgers RMCS COOLroom
SEA at Wood’s Hole K- 12 lessons
SEA's K-12 Lesson plans have recently been awarded the prestigious StudyWeb® Academic Excellence Award as, "one of the Internet's premier sites for educational resources for students and teachers."
Sample Lesson: How to Hide in the Ocean
VIMS- The Bridge:Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences
This section links to sites with curriuclum units and large collections of lesson plans and/or classroom activities.
Eyes on the Bay - Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Lessons on DO, salinity, HABs, real time data
Physical Oceanography Data Archive - NASA JPL
Oceans for Life - National Geographic; All grade levels; tied to Social Studies standards
Maryland Sea Grant
National Sea Grant Education Resources
The Bridge The Bridge Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center is a comprehensive site for marine education resources that are available on-line. It provides teachers with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on marine science topics. A search engine, site map and an alphabetized list of sites in this database are available. There are various lesson plans and activities for K-12 classrooms. For more information, please visit http://www.vims.edu/bridge/. For other educational resources from Sea Grant, please visit http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/roe/edu_resources.html.
Along the Coast- Creating A Healthy Coast Lessons
MBARI Module- Pelagic Predators
During this unit, students will use evolving satellite technology to follow open-ocean animals along their migration routes and examine the connections between physical and biological requirements and animal behaviors.
MBARI Module - Eyes in the Sea
During this unit, students will investigate the science, technology and people involved in ocean exploration and the questions behind the research.
MBARI Module- Unidentified Floating Objects
This unit is adaptable for all audiences and serves as an introduction to classification. During the unit, students will explore the process of identifying and classifying organisms by working with a variety of items, from hardware to deep-sea organisms.
MBARI Module- Iron Fertilization
During this unit, students will use real- and near-real-time data to explore the significance of oceanic iron fertilization, including the potential positive and negative effects of activating the biological pump.
Iron fertilization lesson modified for Maryland High Schools
(oceans, limiting factors, climate change, carbon cycle)
Can Iron Fertilization of the Oceans Fix Global Warming?
Fertilization articles and cartoon to supplement iron fertilization lesson
MBARI Module- Coastal Processes
This activity uses realtime data from the MBARI LOBO ocean observatory project to introduce students to marine chemistry, environmental science and oceanography. Using this multidisciplinary approach, students will investigate their own questions about how agriculture and coastal processes affect estuarine waterways.
Case Study: Upwelling Case Study: Elkhorn Slough Nitrogen Study more lessons...
MBARI- Ocean Careers
Sea Turtle Migration Satellite Tracking
Travel to Underwater vents in Alvin
Virtual Kelp Forest Visit
Forces of Change –The Smithsonian Institution
Ocean Planet Resources
Beyond the Reef
Photos of all kinds of plankton
The Virtual Ocean
Photos of microscopic ocean organisms
Volvo Ocean Race Lesson Plans- middle school
NOAA’s Virtual World
On NOAA's island, one can soar through a hurricane on the wing of a research aircraft, rise gently through the atmosphere atop a weather balloon, or search for a hidden underwater cave on a side trip from a NOAA submarine.
Even more web sites